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A National Perspective: The Japanese Climate Change Program. An Overview of Japan's Climate Change Programs

Hideki Minamikawa, Director General, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment (MoE),
Takeshi Sekiya, Deputy Director, Climate Change Policy Division, Domestic Policies, MoE,
Yasushi Ninomiya, Deputy Director, Climate Change Policy Division, Market Mechanisms, MoE,
Go Kobayashi, Chief Administrator, Climate Change Policy Division, MoE, and
Susumu Okamoto, Deputy Director, Global Environmental Affairs Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

January 17, 2007
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA

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Japan established the Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan in 2005. Through a variety of actions, Japan will fulfil its commitment to reduce emissions to minus 6% from 1990. Officials from the Ministry of the Environment (MoE), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will present an overview of the Plan, the Mandatory Greenhouse Gases Emissions Reporting System, Japan's Voluntary Emissions Trading Scheme (JVETS), and the Energy Technology Policy Perspectives aimed at raising energy efficiency of vehicles and electronic appliances. It will also cover Japan's views on international action to tackle climate change.

Speaker Biography

Hideki Minamikawa is the Director-General of Global Environment Bureau at the Ministry of the Environment (since Sep. 2006). The Bureau is responsible for tackling various global environmental issues, including climate change and the depletion of the Ozone Layer. Joining the Environment Agency (promoted to MoE in 2000) in 1974, his previous posts include Water and Air Quality, Environmental Health (including public pollution and chemicals control), Waste Management and Recycling, and Nature Conservation.

Yasushi Ninomiya is Deputy Director of Kyoto Mechanisms, Climate Change Policy Division, Global Environmental Bureau, Ministry of the Environment. He was a policy researcher of Climate Policy Project in Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) after completion of MSc in Energy Economics and PhD in Economics. Since joining the ministry in 2004, he has led the development of JVETS (Japan's Voluntary Emissions Trading Scheme) and international negotiation related to market mechanism under UNFCCC.

Takeshi Sekiya is a Deputy Director at the Climate Change Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment (MoE). He has been working on the development and the diffusion of greenhouse gas emission abatement technologies including those for renewable energy and energy conservation. In his earlier career at MoE he has been involved in the international climate change negotiations, and the bilateral / multilateral environmental cooperation programs.

Susumu Okamoto is a Deputy Director for the Global Environmental Affairs Office, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Joining METI in 1996, he has engaged in policy planning, research and analysis in a broad range of fields including trade, automobile industry, international economy, environment and climate change. Currently at global environmental affairs office, he is in charge of the series of negotiation issues such as future framework under UNFCCC, Asia Pacific Partnership (APP), G8 process, development forums such as CSD and OECD Annex I Expert Group.

Go Kobayashi is Chief Administrator at the Office of International Strategy on Climate Change, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment. He is involved in various climate change negotiations, including among others, UNFCCC and the G20 Gleneagles Dialogue. Earlier, he has worked on studies of carbon tax, environmental education, environmental reporting by businesses, public pollution and chemicals control.

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